* Posts by Wellyboot

1212 posts • joined 24 Apr 2018


Amateur astroboffins spot young brown dwarf playing with planet-forming hula hoop just 102 parsecs from Earth

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Nice artists impression.

Did they miss the inference that 'no fusion' means no bright light source? (it's mostly just IR)

Sorry..being picky

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes

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Re: I wonder

>>>software that can result in people dying when gone wrong <<<

And when the software works perfectly in an intercontinental nuclear bomber?

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Bomb threat? I'd call plod, then mostly ignore it, anyone in a 'special' job will follow the procedure they were given for these events.

Can we just assume scam and call the 0300-013-5000 number directly if contacted?

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'

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Re: Call it what it is

One layer needs to be enlightened self preservation.

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Re: I get that the cameras may not have picked out the truck...

The "I" is also rare in those that happily bet their lives on the system.

A 99.999% accurate system making decisions only once a second (its far more often in reality) will screw up every 28(ish) driving hours, most of the time the problem is fixed by the next decision, however, there is a subset (becoming quite obvious now) that just doesn't get fixed in the second or two available.

A simple comparison is a lottery, reasonable chances of small win *1, v-small chance of a life changing win *2 but as we all know someone somewhere wins big very often.

A cheap & easy fix is small radar reflectors on all vehicles built into the design & hidden under the radar transparent parts. and for the driving into the sun scenario (radar whiteout) just have the car shout at the driver.

*1 Car might wobble a bit while changing its mind and applying a correction.

*2 Car decides a blank view ahead is sky and ploughs on.

Black horse down: UK banking giant Lloyds suffers an online wobble

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Re: Some of our customers...

Yes, only some customers are affected, those customers who haven't tried to go online have experienced no problems at all today.

1st of month, what's the betting that a certificate has expired somewhere.

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Re: Nice to have found out

Sorry, but that was last year!


icon: it helps

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You can't easily identify if it's a non fatal error without risking a "Fatal Error: restart" situation either.

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Re: ...but does it really "matter" given the state of Humanity?

Things have changed for humanity, until comparatively recently (a century or so) the 'hard of thinking' were unable to either access or distribute blatantly stupid ideas because only the intellectuals & leadership* were literate or actually travelled beyond the next town. Any population that succumbed to a bad idea would soon be weeded out by nature if the neighbours didn't get them first.

Modern civilisation generally protects the weak and vulnerable, this includes those without the cognative ability to rationally consider the veracity of any idea that pops up on the idiot box live feed.

*two groups, not always with a large overlap.

Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it

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Re: Ritzy HQ, though

Perhaps the shutters are radiation shields ;^)

Boeing brings back the 737 Max but also lays off thousands

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Re: "more than a dozen initiatives focused on enhancing workplace safety and product quality"

Last time I saw any pictures they'd no room left anywhere onsite to put them, so are they allowed to fly them out of the factory?

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Re: Ooh, fun!

He should have said he was looking for an open branch of Greggs, the bairn needs his sausage rolls :)

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Re: It's a coup

Thanks for pointing that out, here's me thinking that in the US making another dollar was more important than saving other peoples lives.

>>>You're the at-risk people that will die<<< everyone is at risk, fat, over 50, male politicians especially so, ask boJo.

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Re: Even a stopped clock is occasionally right. But then, immediately wrong again.

Do you have evidence of this?

UK (and also in the US I assume) postal ballots are counted locally, with direct oversight by election officials appointed by locally elected representatives following a very clear set of rules.

There is no 'company' doing the counting.

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Re: Even a stopped clock is occasionally right. But then, immediately wrong again.

>>>Spiritual influence: voters were told that it was their duty as Muslims to vote for Mr Rahman. Mr Mawrey cited a letter signed by 101 Imams in Bengali stating it was people's "religious duty" to vote.<<<

Were these two statement separate or in the same letter? there's a very big difference, it's not clear in the BBC article.

Rahman was just one of many local london electees mentioned in Private Eye over the years.

China to test digital version of its currency at 2022 Winter Olympics

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Re: "controllable anonymity"

Only you and the govt. (everyone with access authority) will know what you've spent your money on, those little 'hobbies' don't interest them but will provide a subtle back of the mind nag that they are not in the least bit secret.

Coronavirus masks are thwarting facial recognition systems. So, of course, people are building training sets from your lockdown-wear selfies

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Web scrapers

>>>The best way to reduce the chances is to keep your social media accounts private without selfies<<<


Home working is here to stay, says Lenovo boss, and will grow the total addressable PC market by up to 30%

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Re: Market +30% = wages -30%

Don't rule out the vanity angle that so many senior PHBs love as an incentive to get us all back into the office, aka Grandstanding in front of a crowd of attentive minions during a 'royal' visit.

The longest card game in the world: Microsoft Solitaire is 30

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Re: "an ill-advised redesign"

Aisleriot - you know it makes sense.

Capture the horrors of war in razor-sharp quality with this ruggedised Samsung phone – or just lob it at enemy forces

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Re: It's ugly

Ugly, meh..

Is the OS vanilla or does it still have the sammy bloatware?

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

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Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave!

"Doing the right thing" is "doing the right thing" - indeed. However, This is just a career politician "saying" the right thing in the face of her voting history (23 times 'for' ID cards, once 'for' Mass surveillance) whilst being the Solicitor General & Minister for Constitutional affairs, positions that have quite a bearing on government policy towards public privacy.


Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War

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Re: Breaks it angle

Time was the critical element, there wasn't enough time get a US carrier operational in the Royal Navy before the entire campaign was over (win or lose)

Crewing A US carrier (probably Forrestal class) could have been done simply by recruiting a few thousand recently ex US Navy sailors (politics aside).

Training would have been mostly a refresher course for many ex-FAA Ark Royal pilots who'd moved over to the Harriers.

Getting the actual Phantom & Bucaneer aircraft back from the RAF, now that would be the really tricky part.

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Re: A wide open land surrounded by teeth.

>>>how many troops were killed because some big mouthed idiot couldn't keep his gob shut<<<

Not just that instance, I think you've identified the prime cause for war throughout history.

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Re: Huawei

A little over 20 years ago the UKs ability to manufacture clothing at scale (including reusable PPE) was removed almost overnight when (lets call them skids&tenser) decided to move own label production to 3rd world sweatshops. Small UK clothing manufacturers went to the wall by the score with thousands of jobs lost and I didn't notice any retail price reductions, this was just a simple business decision. Over the following years many other UK clothing manufacturers also went overseas.

Hospitals used to operate a closed loop system, reusable gowns & masks, many also had onsite laundry facilities, moving to single-use PPE saved cash (laundry gone), everyone except the laundry staff was happy.

In the current crisis onsite laundry turn around times could have quickly been improved by using high street dry cleaners and any new (reusable) PPE deliveries would add to the in-use pool. Instead half the planet joined a bidding war for what was available and hoped it would be fit for use if it arrived in time.

Beancounters concentrate on immediate cost savings, the saved 'value' will usually be incurred elsewhere at some point, however in normal time it isn't manifested as a body count on daily TV.

The often ignored P5 principle applies. (as does the butterfly effect)

There's Norway you're going to believe this: Government investment fund conned out of $10m in cyber-attack

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Re: A Legal Scam Coming

Only if they're lucky!

PWC will look at the total fund value and plan their robbery charging process.

Russia admits, yup, the Americans are right: One of our rocket's tanks just disintegrated in Earth's orbit

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It took a rocket booster 10s of minutes to get it moving that fast, it will require a similar effort to slow it down enough so that gravity can do the rest.

Also, as soon as you move it, you're responsible for where it ends up, and will be blamed for any resulting damage.

Psst... Wanna buy some stock in a spaceplane company? Virgin would like a word

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Re: Hmmmm

There a quite a few other things people have said he should do, some don't even make your eyes water...

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Re: Galactic?

Very, and just bragging rights by the bunch who've put deposits down.

As SpaceX is due to push astronauts up to the ISS next week it's not a great leap (or expense) for them to offer tourist hops in a Dragon atop a Falcon thats launching other cargo into orbit, if that happens V-Gs potential customer list will be vanish.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Spacecraft with graphene sails powered by starlight and lasers

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Re: Well...

But not as spectacular to watch from a distance..

Quick Q: Er, why is the Moon emitting carbon? And does this mean it wasn't formed from Theia hitting Earth?

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Re: And this is why it's always a bad idea...

I blame the general lack of understanding of scientific terms.

As the A/C points out, any idea about how a possible event caused something to come in being is a hypothesis until enough verified evidence emerges to support it, then it can be elevated to being a theory, it can really only become a scientific fact when independent observers have repeated the event through to the expected outcome.

The moon existing is a fact (we can see it & go there)

Gravity is a theory : vast amount of verified evidence fitting the maths, but no observed graviton particle, it is plausible that another better theory will emerge (my money though is firmly on finding the graviton)

Theia impact is a hypothesis : the only evidence is the similarity between Lunar & Earth surfaces having near identical elemental composition suggesting a common source & a mathematical model that fits this and relevant other theories.

Conversely it only takes a small amount of verified evidence to burn and replace a theory. Earth surrounded by a shell with the gods visible as moving lights > Earth centric system > Heliocentric system > static infinite universe > expanding universe > accelerating expanding universe (next episode coming whenever!)

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Re: Maybe the carbon crash landed there

>>>applied to both Earth and Moon<<<

Indeed and there does seem to be so much Carbon around here that we need burn little else.

Fake crypto-wallet extensions appear in Chrome Web Store once again, siphoning off victims' passwords

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Re: If Google have to positively approve these apps to appear on their store ...

Google will comply with any direct judgement made by the highest court, anything else can be ignored until then. Lose less than a million and it'll cost you more (+ several years) to win the case.

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Re: You've got $50k worth of BTC

Fools and their money...

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Re: That's a good idea

Just the usual hard of thinking bunch, thousands of 'em!

Tom Cruise to increase in stature thanks to ISS jaunt? Now that's a mission impossible

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Re: A contrary view....

Can't really knock your logic, Elons outfit doesn't have to be cheaper (launching from America will do) but probably is. Top Gun had navy backing because there was a noticable recruitment increase a few years earlier from 'The final countdown' which has far better 'Fly navy' aerial scenes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gChU-mGeBaM from 4:00 mins & at 5:50 the F14 only just managed to pull out of the dive.

There's a black hole lurking within 1,000 light years of Earth – and you can see stars circling it with the naked eye

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Re: Dark Matter

It's a black hole, We can't see it, ever! The event horizon & other effects is all we can see.

Virgin Galactic takes another step towards blasting Richard Branson into space

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Re: extra passengers

The Beardy outfit is a running joke, 15 years and only 1 sub orbital hop IF you count space from 70km altitude

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother

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Re: Are there no other people of colour that read this rag?

It's more complicated than changing a few words, This is a technical site with commentards1 from across the world, master/slave is a concept everybody understands (because global history), & I highly doubt anyone here thinks the cotton-picking historical part is something to condone, male/female is another descriptive concept everybody understands (because biology).

English is the de facto language for most international technical discussions (history) and when individuals with only moderate English in common need to discuss a technical issue they need a rock solid universal (within IT) reference set, random changes will lead to lack of understanding and problems.

Black/White is totally subjective (history) and came about from previous common usage (history) and had little to do with slavery except that the last major ethnic group being used as legal slaves by another ethnic group were dark & pale skinned respectively.

Across the planet, throughout history, slaves have been of every colour, European indigenous slavery (serfdom) lasted well into the age of enlightenment, while in the UK from the 13thC. (Plague, Longbow & Magna-carta) it disappeared along with our unquestioning deference to authority. Slavery is now a thriving globally illegal business that still doesn't care what colour the product is as long as it sells, stopping this is what should be occupying govt. departments like GCHQ.

What GCHQ call their lists is their problem, I really couldn't care much, but anyone expecting an entire global industry to change tack in less than a decade or three to fit their 'ideal' is going to be disappointed.

1: Typical Anglo-saxon self deprecation, goes in hand with the lack of deference.

Much amusement is made here from the dimwittery of (L)users to whom we hold ourselves superior2 even though we know that many of them are also masters2 in their own field.

2:How do we denote a raised ability level without a defining word, Doubleplus good perhaps?

Sweet TCAS! We can make airliners go up-diddly-up whenever we want, say infosec researchers

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Re: Do not feed the security-theater trolls

Can we tease them?

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Re: Very Low Impact

@ heyrick - SNAP!

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Re: Very Low Impact

That would be a state actor who doesn't have drones to spare > 'Ooops! our drone accidentially collided with the airliner'

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Lubitz was the human equivalent of a 737-MAX flight control system, worked fine for a while then goes wrong & kills everyone.

Mandatory regular pilot psychological evaluations anyone?

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AI could make that decision now -

Probability of safe controlled landing on water 90+% -v- probability of safe controlled landing on runway with unknown variables.

The question really is will we ever feel safer with a machine doing the live/die decisions instead of a self aware pilot.

Set up a AI simulator with guaranteed 100% fatal crash situations and see what it comes up with as a landing attempt, human pilots have been very creative at times and beat the odds.

Microsoft puts dual-screen devices and Windows 10X in the too-hard basket

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Re: Keyboard & trackpad location


Your 'children' comment hit the nail square, they appear not to have anyone in the design chain who can remember how the current defacto was arrived at, mostly trial & error with a bit of carpal tunnel syndrome.

It's also possible the design process was just a slightly technical marketing meeting with no keyboards in sight.

Bezos to the Moon: Blue Origin joins SpaceX and Dynetics in a three-horse lunar lander race

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Perhaps they could get some up to date pointers when they arrive. 8^/

must watch Iron Sky again soon, I need a laugh.

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Just an idle thought, the size of the starship door looks to be big enough to get a moon buggy through.

I know its high up but its a lot easier get a buggy down from there to the surface than a getting a Falcon from 60 mile up onto a barge.

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Most of the cash is going into repeating the Apollo missions, go there, wave a flag, come home. The 60s was an incredible decade for technology & space flight but this seems a bit limp after the 30 years of shuttle & 20+ of ISS.

Apart from SpaceX, a proposal that looks a lot like they could just aim a bit to the side and head to Mars thanks to the orbital tankers.

Square peg of modem won't fit into round hole of PC? I saw to it, bloke tells horrified mate

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Re: *Hisses & wards against Evil*

PCChips 'recoils in horror!'. Another 'naughty' was a 100Mhz 'budget' board that only ran at 90 and was actually an overclocked 75 chipset that didn't like getting busy. (no surprise at +20% & no heatsink).

I had to 'fix' a few of these, luckily they mostly had been filled with the excellent AMD K6 series CPUs that really could use a 100Mhz bus but were happy to drop to 66 or 75 and use a much higher clock multiple to rescue most of the missing grunt.

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Re: *Hisses & wards against Evil*

Was it PB that back in th 90s had the misfortune to aquire a batch of cache chips that were missing the actual silicon inside?

These were the days CPUs didn't have any L2 and there were a set of dil sockets on the mobo

International space station connects 100Mbps symmetric space laser ethernet using Sony optical disc tech

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Re: Nice technology

The lack of jamming (as opposed to just blocking the beam) in space is less of an issue, lasers allow bandwidth across frequencies to be used more than once at the same time not very far apart (at orbital distances) without interference.

For comms between the inner planets latency variation is going to be measured in tens of minutes over the distances involved and there will be a need for relays for when the LOS gets a bit close to that large bright object in the middle of our solar system.



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